Clever and unexpected
Link to Amazon: Hit Me, Peter J Thompson
Reviewed March 2019 by CR
Hit Me is a clever, compelling book with great central premise. Well-written, unexpected, and with great pace, it draws the reader effortlessly through its twists and turns, unfolding to a really satisfying conclusion.
It’s a thriller and a mystery and a roller-coaster ride : you’ll not be disappointed and you’ll want your friends to read it too. But you may find, as I did, that it stays with you longer than that.
Beneath the central premise is another killer move: this contract killer isn’t the cold, emotionless psychopath who traditionally claims that role, nor even a study in damaged, twisted psychology. Charley is just an ordinary guy, doing the job that he’s fallen into – like anyone else in a job that might happen to destroy lives: gun-selling, politics, soldiering… He has secrets – but who doesn’t? He’s a loyal husband, decent father, caring son, good mate. By refusing to “other” this central figure, Peter Thompson allows the reader to engage and identify, giving the book an easy, exciting quality. It’s doesn’t, when reading it first, feel noir, nor even particularly disturbing.
It’s only rather later that it troubles your sleep…